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Easy to use Lucid themed Conky bar

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Conky is a  is a light-weight system monitor that can be customized extensively (Windows converts think ‘rainmeter’.) and the following Conky theme by Veoduendes certainly proves that.

Called ‘Conky Ubuntu Lucid Theme’ (!) it’s designed, yep you guessed it, for Ubuntu 10.04 although Karmic users using the Ambiance/Radiance themes will likely find it blends in fine with their desktops too.

Conky = confusing

Conky has a reputation for being cumbersome to use and that is not a lie. Once you ‘get’ how Conky works it all seems to simple but for newcomers it is certainly daunting. Thankfully this following script is real easy to use so even the Conky-cautious should be able to run it with minimum fuss.
Note that the theme above only comes with a 1280 wide background but the .svg’s are supplied for users to make wider versions.


You’ll want to grab the Conky “theme” file over on gnome-look (spanish) or the English version by stevenpearce.


Downloaded okay? Great. Now I’m going to assume that you don’t already have Conky installed. To remedy this open a terminal and type: –

  • sudo apt-get install conky

Now you have Conky we need to use the Conky theme.

  • Extract the archive you downloaded a few steps back
  • Move the .conkytheme folder extracted into your home folder (if it’s not already there)
  • Run the following in a terminal: conky -c ~/.conkytheme/conkyrc

You should now see Conky bar on the bottom. Hurrah!